(PRWeb UK) June 4, 2010
As BP scientists struggle to cap the well that is leaking vast quantities of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, attention is turning to the daunting task of cleaning up the oil that is slowly creeping ashore and affecting sensitive marine ecosystems. Bioremediation is emerging as the only viable means to this end, however, significant obstacles prevent current methods of bioremediation from being effective. EVOLUGATE, LLC of Gainesville, FL has developed an innovative solution to the problems that restrain the full potential of bioremediation and has committed its resources to providing and environmentally friendly long-term microbial solutions for effective and rapid bioremediation of the Gulf oil spill.
What is bioremediation and what are its limitations? Oil-eating microbes are found naturally throughout the ocean and bioremediation is the process of allowing these microbes to naturally break down oil of anthropogenic origin. The problem with simply allowing these microbes to do their work is that they do so too slowly to prevent oil from doing significant environmental and economic damage. Sometimes this is because the natural flora is not accustomed to certain components of a particular spill and sometimes it is because the environment lacks other nutrients like oxygen. To solve these problems, researchers have turned to augmenting the native flora with microbes that can degrade components refractory to natural biodegradation or that can work efficiently without oxygen. However, this approach has been largely ineffective mainly because these non-native microbes are not adapted for the specific environmental conditions of a particular spill, such as water temperature, salinity, pH or oxygen concentration. EVOLUGATE, LLC is taking a unique and groundbreaking approach to this problem by pre-adapting communities of petroleum-degrading microbes to both actual oil samples taken from contaminated sites in the Gulf and the specific environmental conditions where those samples were found. The result is a microbial community perfectly adapted for the rapid and efficient biodegradation of specific contaminated sites.
How does EVOLUGATE produce these oil-eating microbes? The key to effective bioremediation of the Gulf oils pill is the abandonment of the "one-size-fits-all" approach to the problem. In essence, there is no magic bullet microbe capable of rapidly degrading all oil spills in any environment. Rather, effective microbes must be tailored for the unique crude oil composition and environmental conditions of affected areas of the Gulf. Only EVOLUGATE, LLC, with its patented methodology for adapting microbes to new environmental conditions and food sources, can produce "designer" strains custom-made for remediating sensitive areas of the Gulf. More importantly, the EVOLUGATE method produces variants of naturally occurring marine microbes so the strains released into the environment are not GMOs. In summary, EVOLUGATE is capable of quickly procuring "designer" microbial communities that are both highly capable of degrading a real-world oil spill and of doing so as rapidly as possible and with minimal lingering impact on the environment.